Makeover the World

85% of Australians oppose the testing of cosmetics on animals

But despite the expectations of the community, many of the cosmetics products used by Australians every day have been tested on animals.

While cosmetic companies don’t test their products on animals here in Australia many well-known brands do test their products or ingredients on animals elsewhere in the world which then end up for sale on our shelves.

There is much debate surrounding a need for legislative change to stop this, which is fantastic, but we think cosmetic products that have been tested on animals should not be sold anywhere in the world. There are already more than 20,000 chemical ingredients available to producers of cosmetics products that are considered to be safe, so there is no excuse for any more animals to suffer.

In 2017, the Australian Government introduced legislation that aimed to end animal testing for new cosmetic ingredients. However, this legislation has not passed the Australian Senate, and as currently drafted, only applies to chemicals used solely for cosmetic purposes.

Most ingredients are also used in other products, such as household cleaning products, and these multi-use ingredients could still be tested on animals. This loophole must be closed to ensure that no new ingredient in cosmetic products can be tested on animals.

We will continue calling on the Australian Government to introduce legislation that will ensure no cosmetics tested in animals are manufactured or sold in Australia.

Stay tuned for how you can add your voice to our call!

Company policies in-depth

As a consumer it can sometimes be difficult to work out whether a cosmetics company is actually involved in animal testing or not.

Testing in other areas

In addition to cosmetics testing on animals, $3 billion is spent annually worldwide on animal tests to ensure the safety of consumer products.

Cruelty-free cosmetics

Help! What do I buy?

The 'leaping bunny' is the internationally-recognised standard for cruelty-free cosmetics:

You can also find products via Choose Cruelty Free: